Rounds says labeling foreign beef made in USA must stop

South Dakota Senator Mike Rounds who supports mandatory Country of Origin Labeling for beef and pork says the practice of the USDA allowing foreign beef to be repackaged and labeled as a product of the USA must end, “And because they repackage it our Department of Ag says it now can have a voluntary label of “Product of the USA” on it. Now if that isn’t false advertising, I don’t know what is! That’s got to stop.”

And he says COOL must be mandatory and must be a part of any future trade negotiations, “I didn’t think that a couple years ago but I do now. It’s the only way we’re going to get this thing fixed. And if we do it as a nation, if we do it across the country – we can’t do it state by state. We’ve got to do it as a country.”

Rounds says Senator Chuck Grassley’s transparency bill will help move things in the right direction.

Rounds and Senator Jon Tester of Montana, who are on opposite sides of the political aisle, say they’re in lock step when it comes to cattle industry reforms. They praised the U.S. Cattlemen’s Association, who hosted them online recently, for being FOR the individual cattle producer.

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